Our youngest learners start at St Margaret’s in The Nursery, which is underpinned by the EYFS curriculum.
Our key resources in our planning are our individual children; we reflect on a child’s journey, are present with them in their learning, and support their next steps. We collectively plan various themes of learning with the children, and we believe that this instills a life-long love for learning.
The EYFS curriculum supports our belief that children’s cognitive development must go hand-in-hand with their social and personal development, this will ensure children are resilient lifelong learners.
The seven areas of learning that form the EYFS curriculum are personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
Our Nursery children also enjoy outdoor activities such as shelter building and woodland walks from our outdoor education Junior School wide curriculum.
Play and exploration are at the heart of our delivery, the children are happy, well cared for, and engaged in all that they do.
We encourage and promote the six effective learning characteristics; these include
- being willing to have a go
- being involved and focussed
- having their own ideas
- choosing ways to do things
- finding new ways of doing things
- enjoying achieving what they set out to do
We know that all children are unique and for some children in the Nursery they will need additional support. This additional learning support is put in place to ensure children reach their full potential. We use the EYFS Developmental Matters documentation to inform parents about individual children’s progress and attainment. In the Nursery, we also use a screening programme to ensure early identification of additional needs.
Language learning begins in The Nursery for both Nursery and Pre Reception children (Nursery). Through our Little Linguists Programme. Little Linguists is run by our own MFL teachers who work across the school and celebrate different languages and cultures, exploring new sounds and words through songs, games, poems and story-telling.
Our youngest children look forward with equal measure to our focused learning sessions alongside plenty of learning through play opportunities.
New Partnership with FMS UK
29th November 2021
We are delighted to have partnered with FMS UK to introduce a new movement programme into our Sport and PE curriculum.Read Now
20 minutes with...Alice Farnham
20th November 2021
Last week we were joined by Alice Farnham, former Head of School and now celebrated female conductor, for the latest episode in our 20 minutes with webinars.Read Now
St Margaret's Day 2021
17th November 2021
Every year we take a day to celebrate our namesake, St Margaret. Known for her kindness and life of service, she remains a role model for who we are today and there are always both new events and long-standing traditions that mark the day.Read Now